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11-2010 Timber Rattlesnake
Missouri’s largest venomous snake has the camouflage and demeanor to keep it under the radar. More

Prairie Kingsnake (Prairie King Snake)

prairie kingsnake
Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster
The prairie kingsnake is fairly common over most of the state. The overall color is tan, brownish-gray, or greenish-gray. Numerous dark blotches down the back and sides are brown, reddish, or greenish brown. It lives in prairies and open woods and on rocky, wooded hillsides. More

Prairie Ring-Necked Snake

Image of a prairie ring-necked snake
Diadophis punctatus arnyi
Prairie ring-necked snakes are easily recognizable by their small size, uniform dark color on the back, bright yellow-orange belly, and distinct yellow ring around the neck. More

Red Milksnake

Video of a red milksnake in the wild. More

Red Milksnake (Red Milk Snake)

Image of a red milksnake
Lampropeltis triangulum syspila
One of Missouri's most beautifully colored snakes, the harmless red milksnake often is misidentified as the venomous coral snake, which is not found in Missouri. More

Rough Earthsnake (Rough Earth Snake)

Image of a rough earthsnake
Virginia striatula
A small, plain, secretive snake that is a uniform gray, brown or reddish brown, with a cream-colored or light gray belly, unmarked. The rough earthsnake is a close relative of the western smooth earthsnake and is extremely similar in appearance. Rough earthsnakes differ most notably from western smooth earthsnakes by having keeled scales along the back (which make them feel rough). More

Shedding Some Light On Snakes

Image of an osage copperhead
"Just leave them to their rat killin'," as my grandmother used to say. Here are a few answers to some common snake questions we hear at Twin Pines. More

Smooth Greensnake

small green snake coiled in straw
The smooth greensnake used to live in Missouri. It differs from the northern rough greensnake (O. aestivus aestivus) by having smooth scales, a smaller size and a more northern distribution in our state. It is a Species of Conservation Concern. More


Image of an osage copperhead
Missourians' risk of death by snakebite is on par with the odds of being struck by falling space debris. More


With its variety of wildlife habitats, Missouri is home to 47 species and subspecies of snakes. All snakes help control pest populations.   More